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    Caframo Ecofans - Wood & Gas Stove Non-Electric Fans

    While some people use fireplaces simply for the aesthetic effect, others utilize them to reduce the cost of heating their homes. No matter how efficient your fireplace, it needs help to spread heat throughout your home. That extra boost in the Caframo Ecofan! Caframo's Ecofans are easy on both the environment and your wallet, requiring no energy source apart from the heat of your fireplace. It is available for wood-burning, gas, or pellet-powered stoves, and its attractive design will add beauty to your hearth. If you're unsure, why not try this bestselling model for wood-burning stoves. You won't be disappointed!
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    Linette
    from Espanola, NM asked:
    January 23, 2017
    I have an Ecofan Airplus, serial number 1053041. I believe that it is a model 802. I am in need of a motor. Can you please assist me with finding this item?
    1 Answers
    We do not have access to any serial number information to confirm the correct replacement motor. For this, please contact Caframo directly.
    Will M.
    on January 24, 2017

    Matthew
    from Federal Way, WA asked:
    January 1, 2017
    I have Ecofan: Serial Number: 908941. I am in need of a motor.
    1 Answers
    Please feel free to call us at 800-203-1642 to place your order. In order to replace it you will need to know the series number: 800, 802, 806, 810 or 812.
    Sarah
    on January 2, 2017

    Patrick Hagan
    from Laytonville, California asked:
    January 1, 2017
    I have an Ecofan Airplus; Serial Number: 153402-3 Blade Fan. I am in need of a motor.
    1 Answers
    If you would like to give us a call at 800-203-1642 we would be happy to order that part for you.
    Sarah
    on January 2, 2017

    Terrence
    from CO asked:
    December 26, 2016
    I am torn between the 812, 800, & 806 models. I have a tiny wood stove (CUBIC MINI) in my 13' trailer. I am not sure of the operating temp, but at least it gets hot enough to boil water. Could you recommend one of your models, please? Also, do you have resources for proper motor cleaning?
    1 Answers
    If the surface of your wood burner gets hot enough to boil water then either the 810 or the 812 would definitely work. The 800 requires a tiny bit more heat then required to boil water (18 Degrees more). To properly clean the motor use any electric motor cleaner (spray can) that can be purchased in any hardware or automotive store.
    Owen
    on December 27, 2016

    Todd
    from Cumberland, Wisconsin asked:
    December 22, 2016
    I just received my Caframo 812 and it is spinning away contentedly on my wood stove. It replaces an original Caframo that lasted for years. The 812 moves a lot more air, but it also produces quite a bit more noise than the original. Is this normal?
    1 Answers
    It may simply be that the 812 is rated at a higher CFM than the original fan, meaning that the blades will turn faster and move more heated air. This may result in a slightly more audible fan. If this is more of a rattle, the fan may be defective and Caframo would need to be contacted directly for replacement at 1-800-CAFRAMO.
    Will M.
    on December 23, 2016

    Joy Goldbaum
    from Las Cruces, New Mexico asked:
    December 19, 2016
    Do all Caframo fans work on gas stoves, or are there specific ones designated for model for gas stoves?
    1 Answers
    Will M.
    on December 20, 2016

    Steve Bower
    from Lake Mills, Wisconsin asked:
    December 13, 2016
    My fan has three blades and three fins on either side motor. It has no model number. Which replacement motor do I order?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, without a model number we would not know what the proper replacement motor would be.
    Brennan W.
    on December 14, 2016

    Norma
    from Kelso, WA. asked:
    December 13, 2016
    Is there an option where the blade is covered?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not offer an Ecofan with any housing for the fan to prevent accidental contact with the blades.
    Will M.
    on December 13, 2016

    Melvin
    from California asked:
    November 29, 2016
    I have a gas log "look alike" fireplace using natural gas. How close can I get this fan? Can I put it behind the gas logs?

    Fred
    from Steamboat Springs, Colorado asked:
    November 23, 2016
    My son is living in Japan, and has a kerosene heater for the main room in the home. This is a floor mounted unit, with a conventional stove-pipe vent and surface top is roughly 20' x 24'. This unit does not have its own blower. Is at least hot enough to boil water as he heats his tea on the top regularly. Any particular temperature range that these stoves may operate at and for which an Ecofan may be appropriate, if at at all. The top surface is a grille type surface which allows passive heat flow from the top of the unit; spaces between each ridge in the vent less than or equal to 1/2 inch.

    Kathy Murray
    from Newport Beach, CA asked:
    November 17, 2016
    My son uses his wood stove to heat his home. What is your top performing Ecofan?

    Ann
    from Portland, OR asked:
    October 15, 2016
    Does the Ecofan work effectively with a pellet stove?
    1 Answers
    The fan can be effective, but it depends on the surface temperatures achieved by your stove. I highly recommend using a magnetic thermometer or infrared thermometer to check the surface temperature of the stove while it is operating.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 17, 2016

    Yvonne
    from Dell, MT asked:
    October 14, 2016
    What is the difference between the wood and gas fans?
    1 Answers
    The Caframo Ecofan CA 806 is rated for use with pellet and gas stoves, where the stove top surface will not exceed 392. For wood burning stoves, the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 is the most popular model, as it produces 175 CFM. The, slightly smaller, Caframo Ecofan UltraAir 810 is less powerful at 125 CFM, and lastly, the Caframo Ecofan Original 800CAXBX is rated at only 100 CFM.
    Chris C.
    on October 14, 2016

    Paul
    from Jamestown, MI asked:
    September 28, 2016
    I am thinking about ordering an 812 fan. What is the life expectancy of the motor?
    1 Answers
    With proper cleaning, the motor can last up to 3-4 years.
    Brennan W.
    on September 28, 2016

    Richard
    from Helena, MT asked:
    September 23, 2016
    I have an 838389 Caframo Ecofan and it's fairly old and is slowing down. I see that you have replacement motors for Ecofans. Do you have one for my fan?
    1 Answers
    Caframo confirmed that the correct motor replacement kit is available on our website as seen here. They did also advise that you may want to test the the fan prior to purchasing a new motor kit, simply due to the age of the fan itself. Please DO NOT take the Ecofan apart to perform this test. Taking any 1.5 volt battery and taping two wire leads to the battery terminals using electrical tape and then touch the wires to the motor leads. The positive lead needs to be placed on the motor's positive terminal for proper rotation but it is very difficult to read the motor to see which is positive so simply test to see which is the correct polarity. Use fresh batteries. When using the batteries, if the motor doesn't spin, then there is a problem with the motor. If it spins then there is something wrong with the module and unfortunately that part is not replaceable.
    Chris C.
    on September 23, 2016

    Joe
    from Nazareth, PA asked:
    February 5, 2016
    I'm looking for Ecofans for a propane fireplace insert.
    1 Answers
    The fan specifically designed for gas burning stoves and inserts is the Caframo Ecofan CA 806 Heat Powered Fan for Gas & Pellet Stoves. This model operates much more effectively at the lower temperatures encountered with a gas burning appliance.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 8, 2016

    Duane
    from Waseca, MN asked:
    January 19, 2016
    I'm looking for a fan to move air across a free standing wood stove. What Ecofan would you suggest for us?
    1 Answers
    My recommendations for a wood stove will be the 810 & 812. The 812 has a stronger thermal generator and different blade design, allowing it to move up to 175 CFM or air to the room, as opposed to the 125 CFM generated by the 810. Both fans have the same 150 to 650 degree operating range, but the 812 also moves more air at lower temperatures.
    Will M.
    on January 19, 2016

    Barbara
    from Seabeck, WA asked:
    December 23, 2015
    The blades of my Caframo Ecofan keeps falling off. What should I do?
    1 Answers
    You should tighten the blade set screw on the front of the fan, however, if the fan is making a noise after this is done, the blades will likely have to be replaced. The blades are precisely balanced and any bend will cause the fan motor to rock and produce a hammering noise.
    Will M.
    on December 23, 2015

    Nancy
    from Coyote Canyon, WY asked:
    December 15, 2015
    Would using two Caframo Ecofans on a single wood burning stove increase heat efficiency?
    1 Answers
    While they wouldn't have any effect on the efficiency of the stove itself, 2 Ecofans would indeed aid in heat distribution as opposed to only one fan atop the stove.
    Chris C.
    on December 15, 2015

    Tom
    from Boxford, MA asked:
    December 15, 2015
    I want to buy a Caframo Ecofan 812. Are the 3 different color blades the same? Do they all weigh the same? Are their differences that I should be aware of?
    1 Answers
    With the 812, there are no variations from unit to unit dependent upon the finish of the blade itself. The only variations are from model to model as other models are designed for use atop gas stoves and others are slightly smaller than the 812 producing a lower CFM.
    Chris C.
    on December 15, 2015

    Larry
    from Medford, OR asked:
    November 15, 2015
    Is there a model of Ecofans that will work with a fireplace insert?
    1 Answers
    The 800, 810, or 812 models of Ecofans can work with a wood burning fireplace insert that has enough projection into the room to physically support the fan. A space of at least 4 inches will be needed. The 806 model can work with a gas fireplace insert, but models of gas inserts that project into the room are rare.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 16, 2015

    Rick
    from Lawrenceburg, KY asked:
    November 14, 2015
    Can you use these Caframo Ecofans wood and gas stove fans on top of wood loading stoves?
    1 Answers
    You certainly can. It will only be necessary to set the fan aside when loading the stove. Care should be taken not to bump the blades while they are spinning and to wear a heat resistant glove when moving the fan while hot.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 16, 2015

    Janet
    from Brookings, OR asked:
    September 17, 2015
    How do you service these Caframo Ecofans?
    1 Answers
    The fan motor is self sealed and cannot be serviced in any way, however the rubber bushing at the front of the motor shaft can be lubricated with 3 in 1 machine oil. For best results, I recommend removing the fan blades for better access to the motor shaft.
    Will M.
    on September 17, 2015

    Tree
    from NY asked:
    September 13, 2015
    We have a coal fireplace insert. Can we use one of these Caframo Ecofans or one of the other non-electric fireplace fans on it?
    1 Answers
    As long as the surface temperature of the insert does not exceed the 650 degree temperature mark, you could indeed utilize one of the heat powered fans such as the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 14, 2015

    Judy
    from Moultonboro, NH asked:
    February 16, 2015
    I have had one of these fans for three years now and sometimes it stops when the stove is still running hot. Should I clean this type of fan? If so, how would I do it?
    1 Answers
    The fan motor is self sealed and cannot be serviced in any way, however the rubber bushing at the front of the motor shaft can be lubricated with 3 in 1 machine oil. For best results, I recommend removing the fan blades for better access to the motor shaft.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 17, 2015

    Jim
    from Weed, CA asked:
    January 11, 2015
    How do I determine which fan is right for me? What is the difference between the 800 and the 806 models?
    1 Answers
    Generally, we match the Caframo fan to the appliance. Each style is designed to best suit different types of heating appliances. The 806 for example has a lower heat threshold and is designed to operate with a gas or pellet stove. While the 800 has a higher operating range and should be used on a wood burner.
    Kevin E.
    on January 12, 2015

    Tim
    from Winchester, VA asked:
    January 8, 2015
    Will these fans work on a fireplace insert?
    1 Answers
    As long as your insert has at least a 3 1/2 inch ledge protruding from the brick facing, they will indeed work. I use one on my insert and it works quite well to circulate the heated air in the room.
    eFireplaceStore
    on January 8, 2015

    Dale
    from Belmont, NH asked:
    January 4, 2015
    I have pellet stove in the basement of my family room. Is is very large. Is there an Ecofan that is best suited for moving the heat upstairs?
    1 Answers
    Each Ecofan that we carry is designed to distribute heat better in the immediate area around the stove. The integral circulation fan that is part of the pellet stove will likely do a better job with heat output than the Ecofan would. When moving air from floor to floor, your best option will likely be to add a transition vent between the ceiling and floor of the 1st and 2nd story. The vent could house an in line switched fan that will pull air from the 1st floor and supply it to the 2nd.
    eFireplaceStore
    on January 5, 2015

    Lisa
    from Vancouver, WA asked:
    December 1, 2014
    Is this an appropriate fan for a fireplace wood stove insert?
    1 Answers
    As long as the insert projects into the room far enough that there is a 6 inch or deeper top shelf, the fan could indeed be used for your application.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 2, 2014

    Jerry
    from Buhl, ID asked:
    November 13, 2014
    There are a lot of models of Ecofans and my question is about air movement. Which model is the best for setting on a fire place insert?
    1 Answers
    The absolute best model for air movement is the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan. The recently revised blade design now allows this fan to move 175 CFM.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 13, 2014

    Peter
    from Riva, MD asked:
    November 11, 2014
    At what temperate is the fan set to turn on? Can this setting be readjusted to turn on at a lower temperature?
    1 Answers
    The operating range varies from model to model, but the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan has the lowest activation temperature at 150 degrees. The activation temperature cannot be altered, as it is engineered into the design of the fan.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 11, 2014

    Jerry
    from Fenwick, DE asked:
    November 11, 2014
    How are these stove fans installed?
    1 Answers
    The fan will simply stand upon the top of your wood or gas stove. Care should be taken to ensure that enough clearance is maintained between the fan blades and any vent piping. Once the stove surpasses the starting temperature for the fan, the blades will begin to turn.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 11, 2014

    Ric
    from Valley Falls, NY asked:
    November 2, 2014
    Will a Caframo Ecofan work with a soapstone stove? These stoves don't burn as hot as steel or cast iron.
    1 Answers
    Yes, the Caframo 812 moves more air at lower temperatures, increasing its effectiveness for cooler burning stoves, such as soapstone.
    Tyler M.
    on November 3, 2014

    Ernie
    from Sterling, Alaska asked:
    July 28, 2014
    Can a Caframo Ecofan Airplus be repaired after being dropped and is no longer working?
    1 Answers
    Possibly. Most likely, the motor shaft was damaged, which would call for a replacement motor. Are you able to tell what may have been damaged? Are the wire connections at the thermal pad and motor intact? Please advise at your convenience.
    eFireplaceStore
    on July 28, 2014

    Elois
    from Sequim, WA asked:
    July 24, 2014
    Can I use a Caframo 810 or 812 on a gas stove or must I only use the 806?
    1 Answers
    The 810 and 812 can indeed be used on a gas stove without an issue, as long as the stove top reaches a high enough temperature to operate them. The 806 is designed to reach maximum airflow at temperatures as low as 170 degrees, while the 810 and 812 must reach approximately 225 degrees to reach maximum airflow. Some gas stoves do not reach this high of a temperature. I recommend completing a test burn, using a surface contact or digital thermometer to measure the stove top temperature.
    eFireplaceStore
    on July 24, 2014

    Judy
    from Forestdale, Massachusetts asked:
    March 5, 2014
    Can these fans be used on a top loading wood stove? It would have to be moved several times during the day, is this safe?
    1 Answers
    There would be no problem with using one of our Ecofans on a top loading stove. Frequently relocating the fan will not cause the fan to fail prematurely or cause any other problems.
    Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on March 5, 2014

    Judi
    from Maryland asked:
    February 19, 2014
    We have an older model EcoFan AirPlus by Caframo but it has 3 blades. It seems that all the newer ones have 2 blades. Are 2 blades better than 3?
    1 Answers
    The newest versions do indeed have 2 blades. The fans have been redesigned so that greater air movement is achieved with the 2 bladed design, than with the older 3 bladed models.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 19, 2014

    Kay
    from Canterbury, NH asked:
    February 11, 2014
    My 2 ecofans are about 15 year old and do not seem to spin as easily as previously. It takes a really hot fire to get them going. Any suggestions?
    1 Answers
    It is possible that either the thermoelectric pad or the electric motors are becoming weak from age. The motors are replaceable and are the most common point of failure, but I highly recommend testing the voltage output from the thermoelectric pad before replacing the motors. A voltage meter that can read DC voltage must be used to check voltage at the wire connections on the motor. The meter should read approximately 1.2 to 1.5 volts when the surface temperature of the stove is approaching 200 degrees. If you have an electric or gas range, you can use it to test the fans by setting them in a frying pan. This offers a more controlled test than trying to stoke the stove.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 11, 2014

    Maria
    from Andover, New Hampshire asked:
    February 9, 2014
    I am looking for a fan that generates it's own fan speed to be used with a Jotul fireplace insert.
    1 Answers
    If your fireplace insert has a top lip that is at least 7 inches in depth, one of our Caframo Ecofans could be used, such as the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan. This fan uses the rising heat from the insert to power a small thermoelectric generator. This allows the fan to operate without any source of electricity, effectively circulating air to the room.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 10, 2014

    Rich
    from Coram, NY asked:
    February 9, 2014
    Can these fans be used on a coal stove? The Model 812?
    1 Answers
    The 812 could indeed be used on a coal stove. I would first ensure that operating temperatures are between 225F and 650F for optimum operation.
    Chris
    on February 9, 2014

    Rick
    from Portage, Indiana asked:
    February 4, 2014
    Are the 2 blade Ecofans better than the 3 bladed ones? Do they still make a 3 bladed fan?
    1 Answers
    The current 2 bladed models do indeed move more air than the older 3 bladed design, due to improvements in the design of the blades themselves. The 3 bladed models are no longer being produced.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 5, 2014

    Chris
    from Crystal Falls, MI asked:
    January 30, 2014
    I'm considering a Ecofan but, I don't know what model or size I would require. My house is about 1400 sq ft but we primarily use the stove to heat the kitchen and family room which I'd say is about 30'x40'. Would you recommend the larger or smaller of the two fans?
    1 Answers
    Because a 30 by 40 foot area is a decent amount of space, the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan would be the best fan to use. This model will most effectively circulate the heated air through your space.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 30, 2014

    Joanne
    from Harsens Island, Michigan asked:
    January 28, 2014
    Where do I find the serial number for the Ultrair 810?
    1 Answers
    The serial number for your fan should be located on a white sticker, directly underneath the model information stamped on the top of the metal housing.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 28, 2014

    John
    from NY asked:
    January 28, 2014
    What wattage soldering iron should I use when installing a replacement motor for the Caframo Ecofan 800 or 802?
    1 Answers
    I have used a 2 stage Weller 100/140 watt soldering gun to make this repair, using the 100 watt stage with good results. A bit lower wattage of 80 watts could work well too and would allow you more time to solder the joint without the fear of melting the nylon backing.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 28, 2014

    Gary
    from ME asked:
    January 23, 2014
    I have a 16x80 mobile home and the wood stove is in the living room, which is approximately 20 ft from the end of the home [north end]. I am having trouble moving the heat to the south end of the home. Will the Ecofans help with the issue? If so, which fan would you suggest i consider?
    1 Answers
    An Ecofan can indeed help with circulation, although it may not force the heated air to the end of the home. However, if you have a central air furnace, the fan could help in pushing the heat toward the nearest furnace return. The circulating blower in the furnace could then be used to circulate air to the rest of the home. The highest output fan we offer is the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan. This model would generate the most circulation.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 23, 2014

    Barbara
    from Hollis, NH asked:
    January 7, 2014
    Where do I find the serial number on the Caframo Ecofan Airmax model 812?
    1 Answers
    The serial number is located on a white sticker, directly on the opposite side of the metal where the model information is on the top of the fan.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 7, 2014

    Jack
    from Keizer, Oregon asked:
    December 19, 2013
    Would these fans work well on a Quadra-fire insert? Are they good enough to use instead of the regular fan on the stove? What size would you recommend?
    1 Answers
    The equivalent air movement of the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan is usually enough to substitute the factory blower assembly. I recommend checking the surface temperature of your insert when it is burning to make sure that it achieves a high enough operating temperature for the fan to be effective. The fan operates best at a temperature range of 225 degrees and above, but will start to operate at as low 150 degrees.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 20, 2013

    Lisa
    from Rhode Island asked:
    December 13, 2013
    Is the three bladed Ecofan more efficient or more quiet than the two bladed Ecofan? I'm considering buying one to sit on top of a wood stove in a house.
    1 Answers
    The three-bladed Ecofan is only suitable for use on gas stoves, whereas the two other models (both with two blades), are the only options for a wood stove. Thus, the model you need will depend on what kind of stove you have. For maximum efficiency for a wood stove, we recommend the Caframo Ecofan AirMax 812 Heat Powered Wood Stove Fan.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on December 13, 2013

    Steven
    from Essex Jct, VT asked:
    December 12, 2013
    Will the Airmax 812 work on a gas fireplace stove?
    1 Answers
    As long as your gas stove will reach the minimum required operating temperature of 150 degrees, this fan can indeed work for your application.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 12, 2013

    Lisa
    from Massachusetts asked:
    December 4, 2013
    What's the difference between the Caframo 810 and 812 models? I read on another site that there may be a problem with the motor on the 812? Is this true?
    1 Answers
    The primary difference between these two fans is the amount of air movement offered and the temperature range at which the air movement occurs. Both fans operate at a 150 to 650 degree temperature range, but the 810 moves 125 CFM of air, as opposed to the 175 CFM moved by the 812. The improved blade design of the 812 accounts for the increase. The 812 also moves more air at lower temperatures, increasing its effectiveness for cooler burning stoves, such as soapstone. We have not heard of any issues pertaining to the 812. We are the preferred online retailer for Caframo and as such, move a high daily volume of the fans. The 810 and the 812 actually use the same motor, so an issue should effect the entire product line. It is not uncommon for the fans to need a motor replacement after a few years, but premature failure is rare.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 4, 2013



    If you are still on the fence about adding a gas or wood stove fan to your fireplace, ask yourself whether you are satisfied with the area of your home that is warmed by your hearth. Even with a heat efficient, modern stove that keeps the warmth from escaping up the chimney, you have probably realized that only the area immediately surrounding your hearth is receiving warmth from your fire. That is because static, unmoving air does not conduct heat uniformly or efficiently since warm air tends to rise to the ceiling, making room for cooler air to take its place. If you really want your fireplace to have a positive effect on the overall temperature of your home, you need to try one of our Caframo Ecofans! There really is no easier upgrade that you can make to your fireplace. These wood stove non-electric Ecofans are extremely easy to set up, and once they are in place, you dont even have to worry about turning them on! They are activated when the sensors feel the heat from your fireplace, and as the fire dies down or is turned off, they will slow or stop automatically according to the heat output of your fireplace. Though the Ecofan does not heat large areas instantaneously, it does provide a constant flow of warm air that will last as long as the fire is burning.
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